A very cool Bruins giveaway

OK, I fully expect this to be trashed by Bruins-loathing Habs fans. But it is the holiday season, and this is one seriously cool promotional giveaway the Bruins will do on Monday: the first 10,000 fans arriving for the Bruins-Anaheim game will receive a singing holiday ornament featuring legendary Bruins anthem singer Rene Rancourt. Bruins media staff Matt Chmura and Eric Tosi graciously gave me one when Boston was in town this week. Here’s my singing Rene in action, warbling his four little bits while standing beside my McFarlane action figure of Bruins Hall of Fame goalie Gerry Cheevers, to provide scale.



  1. dhenry1234 says:

    thanks a lot for the response.

  2. Dave Stubbs says:

    Remember the uproar when Roots began outfitting the U.S. Olympic team?

    Dave Stubbs
    Habs Inside/Out
    Sports Columnist/Feature Writer, Montreal Gazette
    • On Twitter: twitter.com/habsinsideout1

  3. rocketsglare says:

    Wow, and he has the gall to call out Lapierre and P.K. Talk about arrogance.

    Go Habs Go!

  4. rocketsglare says:

    Mad Mike? More like rabid.

    Go Habs Go!


  5. rocketsglare says:

    Thank you Larry Robinson. That video made my entire day!!

    Go Habs Go!

  6. Danno says:

    That’s some good sh#t Chuck!


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  7. Chuck says:

    He might have had a long career, but I’d hardly call it ‘distinguished’. Jean Beliveau had a distinguished career, not Brad May.

    Centre Hice: Sainte Flanelle, illustrated history: 1935-36

  8. JF says:

    It’s going to be on some Bell systems later this month and on regular TV after New Year.  

  9. newbrunswick troy says:

    Great idea…looks good and is great P.R….but the St.John Sea Dogs ( in the Q)  have been doing it for years now,   And this year they have suddenly stopped the event because of the “spread of bedbugs”!!!!so now its i guess not politicaly correct to throw teddy bears on the ice!!!!!go figure

  10. ManApart says:

    Brad May played parts of 22 NHL seasons and over 1000 games as a tough guy who could play the game. I remember him coming out to face Laraque and taking one for the team, when he was a Leaf (and 38 years old) a few years back. The man was a real hockey player. He backed up what he said, and stood up to anyone in the league. Remember he wasn’t a very big guy. What kind of hockey career have you had? I don’t necessarily agree that Subban or Lapierre should have fought in the last game. But you can’t start having a pussy rep around the league as a team that yaps and doesn’t back it up. if they ever want to beat a tough team like the Flyers in the playoffs they’re going to have to man up and show they can’t be intimidated.

  11. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Yes, and here is a photographic rendering of those 24 lost.

  12. Chuck says:

    Oh, the poor bear that got caught in the netting behind the goal.  🙂

    Seriously though, great idea. And the Kitchener Aud is one of THE great places to catch a game in all of Canada. Fantastic old building.

    Centre Hice: Sainte Flanelle, illustrated history: 1935-36

  13. D Alcorn says:

    Oilers intro the drillers (or whatever their cheerleaders are called) while the Habs host an annual ‘teddies night’ sponsored by (who else) Chez Parée, located on (where else) Stanley Street.  You’re definitely on to something !

    ALWAYS Habs –
    D Mex 🙂

  14. kempie says:

    Woah dude!!!!!

  15. D Alcorn says:

    I am intrigued by the largesse of major Canadian Chartered Banks in sponsoring US hockey.  Not exactly sure how to rank your refs to RBC largesse with US Hockey in relation to the TD Bank Center in Boston, not that it matters …  Scotiabank recently promoted “The Big Save” within CDN minor hockey and, from what I can see, BMO is MIA these days.  

    Oh and, while I’m at it, Boston Globe “journalist” Stephen Harris (HIO blog entitled “Audio : Off-ice day precedes road trip” refers) writes like a knob 🙂

    ALWAYS Habs -D Mex

  16. Nahlsy says:

    Mr Stubbs;

    I was thinking (dangerous as that can be), junior hockey teams have been having an annual Teddy Bear Toss game for years now, the Kitchener Rangers started it all 13 yrs ago and a slew of junior teams around the country have taken to doing it as well. Basically a game is determined as the Teddy Bear Toss game ahead of time and that night the fans bring teddy bears to the game with them and when the home team scores it’s first goal, everybody throws their teddy bears onto the ice. teams of local Timbit or squirt hockey league teams come out with garbage bags to pick up the bears and toss them into pickup trucks and it takes about 15 minutes or so before the game restarts. Then the next day charities, childrens hospitals, firemen and so forth come to the arena and pick up the donated bears to make sure less fortunate kids can have a teddy bear for Christmas.

    For a my video of this year’s goal and subsequent storm of flying Teddy Bears feel free to check it out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlI39RB8yrA

    Anyhow, this year the Rangers had about 6700 people in the building (capacity) and managed to collect 7000 Teddy Bears that then went to the various charities, children’s hospitals and so forth. Over the past decade or so, they’ve collected over 75,000 bears to give to kids and this is just from a local junior hockey team. This is such a great idea, a great cause and great fun for everybody in the building that I truly believe the Habs should look into holding a similar event in their barn sometime next December. Imagine what 20,000 + people could manage to donate in an event like this? I’m not sure who would be the person or people that would need to be contacted about suggesting to the Habs that they consider it though so I figure someone like yourself or one of your colleagues would have better connections to mention it to and let them look into the possibilities. I’m sure they’d hear nothing but praise of the events from those who have organized them or attended them in various jr hockey cities.

    Could you imagine the PR of the Habs being the team that broke the NHL and pro sports barrier and lead the way with these events? I definitely think they should seriously consider it as it’s a win win for everybody involved.

  17. steadyjake says:

    Didn’t watch the cute little video. Don’t care.

    Stick with your insticts, Stubbs. I hate anything to do with the Bruins.

  18. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …I read that Lee Harvey Oswald’s coffin was auctioned-off the other day, …and as another indication that This World We Live-in Dun’t Make No Sense Anymore …is, per Pat Hickey, “USA Hockey announced yesterday that RBC -that’s the Royal Bank of CANADA !!! -is the official sponsor of the U.S. national-team programs. RBC will also be a premier sponsor of the 2011 world junior championship, the 2012 world women’s championship and the Labatt Blue USA national pond hockey championships. RBC also holds the naming rights for the Carolina Hurricanes arena while TD Bank has its name on the arena in Boston…”
    …what’s next ?

  19. dhenry1234 says:

    Hey Hab fans. A while back I heard that there was some sort of reality show this season featuring the habs. Does anyone have any more information on this? or possible links to episodes?


  20. Danno says:

    There’s no business like shoe business.

    To this day, Milbury refuses to admit what he did was a gutless, no-class and cowardly act.

    He laughs and acts as if it’s something to be proud of.

    Milbury is quick to call others a cockroach. Well, it takes one to know one…


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  21. andrewberkshire says:

    It’s utterly ridiculous the knuckle draggers employed by CBC.

  22. andrewberkshire says:

    Pretty sure the Bruins have lost 24 of the last 30 regular season meetings against Montreal. And 3 of their 6 wins we still got a point.

  23. Robert L says:

    I agree….never knew May was so stupid. A player fights when there is a point to it, not just personal pride or balls or whatever, and not when there is a one goal differential in a game.

    May himself, as a fighter, was usually smarter than that, but now that he’s a CBC commentator, he’s paid to be stupid.

  24. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …just Dave pullin’ a Milbury

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY


  25. mrhabby says:

    so were dirty..one can only hope that we get some meaner players that will make us down right horrible to play against what a joke…please add some mean tougher players Gauthier..christ.

  26. Psycho29 says:

    Was Milbury dancing the ragdoll or the turtle????

  27. Bugs says:

    I liked it when May said “The Habs know the Bruins have their number.” That put everything into its proper perspective. The Bruins have our number. Yes.

    Uhhh…hunh? Wha,,,? Am I holding this chart upside down or something? When we beat them all the time, that means THEY win? Is that how he sees it? I’m confused.

    2009, Nov.5: Mtl win. Dec 4: Mtl win.

    2010, Feb 10: Mtl win. Feb 7: woops! Bos win. Mar 2: Mtl win. Mar 13: Mtl win. Nov 11: Mtl win. Dec 16: Mtl win.

    Bruins have our number. Yes.

    Unquestionably unquestionable, I think I’m

    L. Bugs Potter, esq., Herzog of ze Abominable Habsuchtig Brigade, Markgraf of ze Fearsome Flanell Flausen Flank, und devoted minion of ze Habsbros Order: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  28. Bugs says:

    Woops. Wrong spot. Sorry.

    Unquestionably unquestionable, I think I’m

    L. Bugs Potter, esq., Herzog of ze Abominable Habsuchtig Brigade, Markgraf of ze Fearsome Flanell Flausen Flank, und devoted minion of ze Habsbros Order: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  29. diehardhab says:

    Or you can have the habs counter with larry robinson POUNDING millbury!

    The torch be yours to hold it high!

  30. otter649 says:

    May still holding a grudge against Montreal since BLG layed a one sided beating on him………

  31. derfab says:

    What’s with Boone? the Habs are a chippy team, but so what? If we had someone like Pronger or Chara around we’d be downright vicious! If only Gill would pummel someone….anyone…

  32. derfab says:

    I’d like to see PK line some of these up on the ice during practice and blast ’em.

  33. CHsam says:

    THAT”S CLASSIC !!!!! Thanks for sharing that.. LMFAO.

    Straight up Don Cherry – Milbury – Stock vintage Bruins…. Why fight the opposing team ? go fight the fans !

  34. JD_ says:

    Coolest Boston Broonz giveaway of the year.

    Speakin’ of the year’s best, my choice for Best Hockey Quote of 2010: “Iggy!”

  35. CHsam says:

    Amazing. Tunnel-vision stupidity. yuck

  36. andrewberkshire says:

    Yeah…. Subban totally should a fought a talentless plugger like Campbell after a legal hit and took himself out of the game for 5 minutes.

  37. Danno says:

    They’re right next to Dr. Martin’s attitude-adjustment pills. Just take one a day and three days off work and voilà!

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  38. Robert L says:

    Even better than a Rancourt would be a Mike Milbury, beating a fan over the head with a shoe, action figure. A classic!

  39. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    I think this picture accurately depicts how the bruins play when they face the Montreal Canadiens.

  40. Robert L says:

    I thought that was fricking Gino Vanellli!

  41. Framlingem says:

    For sure, but it might be a tad more difficult to get him to record holiday greetings for it.

  42. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Cool & Bruins are not and should not be used in the same sentence. The Bruins suck, their players suck, their former players, i.e. Mike Millbury suck & swallow, their fans suck & the city sucks.

    Never ever should we say anything positive about anything associated with this friggin team.

  43. HabFanSince72 says:

    More idiocy from the CBC. Brad May who did not have a distinguished hockey career thinks Habs should drop the gloves against the Bruins.


    This network is a national disgrace.


  44. Ian Cobb says:

    Coaches corner! what a joke!   Cherry couldn’t even coach a back yard swing!!

  45. HabFanSince72 says:

    You don’t need fighters to win cups.

    You obviously need mental and physical toughness, but our guys have that. If it was a choice between a d-man who can hit and fight and Andrei Markov havng a miraculous recovery, I’d take Markov.

  46. Ian Cobb says:

    So this is just given to 3 year olds and Boston fans?? Now that is Boston’s best quality for sure!

  47. bigjames says:

    hope he wasn’t buying altitude sickness pills!

  48. bigjames says:

    yeah if i like this years one i may finally change my avatar!

  49. havok says:

    WOW…my…friend..would…DIE…for ..one…of THESE!

    My best pal is a huge Bruins fan! I wish I could get a hold of one, anyway we can contact the Bruins in case they have extras?

  50. Mattyleg says:

    Holy Effing Xhrist!!

    That is incredible! Best thing ever.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  51. rdhabsfan says:

    It may be a night off for the Habs, but i have a feeling the Suit That Roars will have something negative to say about somebody in Montreal during Coaches Corner.

  52. Say Ash says:

    yeah, or will it blend?

  53. craz11 says:

    where’s the part in the video where you set them on fire Stubbs?

  54. Danno says:

    I wonder. Can the Charles Prevost Linton action figurel be far behind?


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  55. RetroMikey says:

    please upload the habs official xmas card in high resolution pdf or jpeg format as in previous years .

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  56. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    I’ve got a nice little collection to. Not sure how many but over a dozen for sure.

  57. ooder says:

    saw Pouliot yesterday at Pharmaprix…

    man he is one taaaall dude


    88 is the new 23

  58. smiler2729 says:

    Hey Dave, I have that Cheevers McFarlane… that and about 60 others.

  59. sidhu says:

    haha nice one!

  60. sprague cleghorn says:

    There used to be lots of very cool Bruins’ giveaways whenever they played the Habs in the 70’s.  They usually ended up in the back of the net.

  61. Chris F says:

    With all this bias piling up following the CBC’s allowance of trying to spoil Subban, calling him out for chirping, not playing the game the right way?! – Obvious, blatant jealousy that Subban plays with the hated Habs instead of the “history of losing” leafs. And now the comments from the Euro Krejci about dirty play. There is a solution. We need to trade for a bruising d-man, someone who can hit like PK at the blueline and turn to face any challenge from the opposition. I realise this is not easy. But PG needs to formulate a wish list now, based on teams that will miss the playoffs, possible UFA’s who won’t resign. This would completely change our team for the better. Souray used to fill this void, Komisarek filled the “hitting” void at the blueline except he couldn’t fight. Now with these guys gone, PK is the only D we have that will step up and flatten someone coming fast into our zone. PK is great, but he should not be our face of toughness on the back end. On top of a bruiser, maybe we can get greedy and go after a replacement for Markov to run the power play. How about Pitkanen in Carolina? Just a thought, and I realise the price would be high.

    Vancouver may decide to let someone go when Salo returns. I’m not sure, but we need toughness yet again, someone to keep the other team honest. In the playoffs this will be crucial to beating teams like the Flyers and Bruins, although I believe we can beat the Bruins anyway, their D are too slow. Richards, Carter, Giroux, and that puke Briere however  need someone to push them around, make them feel very uncomfortable, maybe even give these guys a few bad cracks that will change their mindset. Nothing wrong with having some intimidation on our side. We have the skill, but toughness wins cups. Just ask Pronger how he felt about Big Buff game after game.

  62. Say Ash says:

    Roger Doucet.

  63. Psycho29 says:

    Actually…I think in that action figure, Lafleur has just deked Milbury out of his toupee and the the puck is on the way back out of the net.  

  64. Framlingem says:

    That is seriously cool. I’d love if Montreal did one with Charles Prevost-Linton.

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